2016-2017 Graduate Catalog

EDUA 5656 Emotions and Learning

Developing emotional intelligence is a crucial part of a child’s education, arguably as important as academic subjects like math, science, and language arts. Being aware of one’s emotions and possessing the ability to effectively handle them promotes positive growth in all areas of child and adolescent development. Challenges such as anxiety, depression, poor self-image, and troubled friendships can adversely affect a child’s ability to succeed in the classroom and beyond.

This course will help teachers understand the components of emotional intelligence and recognize the emotional strengths and challenges of each of their students. Teachers will learn to identify where emotional difficulties stem from and know how to address these challenges through guided discussions, classroom instruction, and meditation and mindfulness activities. Teachers will also learn strategies for working with the parents of troubled students to help them support their child’s emotional development at home. After finishing the course, teachers will be equipped with a comprehensive set of best practices for strengthening students’ self-confidence, focus, stress management, and empathy for others.